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‘Only the lonely…’

I’m very fortunate to know a bunch of kind-hearted, helpful people within the writing community. But it’s taken a while to develop that relationship, I’ve been peckin out words for my weekly gardening articles for eight years, and I’ve been a member of the Garden Writers Association for seven. You’d think that I would’ve gotten to know a bunch of writers during that time, but I haven’t. I only know a handful by name, and practically all of those are online contacts only.

In some ways, writing is a lonely profession. And I’m not even sure if the type of writing I do can be classified as a profession – Freelance Writer – doesn’t sound very professional does it? Nevertheless, it’s something I’ve chosen to do, without really giving much thought beforehand about whether or not it’d pay a bill or two. But I think I limit myself by not writing about other stuff; surely there’s more to write about besides gardening. The dilemma for me is finding out how.

Progress on Through the Seasons is coming along nicely. I’ve got all the articles in, and I’m adding illustrations by  my brother, Donald Conner, as quick as he gets them to me, and some “knuckle draggin” essays are also tucked in. Ms. Betty Mackey has made several great suggestions that I’ve taken into consideration, LK Hunsaker has also offered advice and tips, and bloggers like Walk2Write, and Kylee, among others have inspired me as well.

I owe a special debt of thanks to Phillip Hartsock, with Linfork Publishing, who is helping me with all the major formatting for Through the Seasons with The Write Gardener. I’m looking forward to its spring debut!!

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